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Nicky Quinn


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I am a Lecturer in Health Psychology, focused on the behavioural science of health behaviour change, the placebo effect, public health promotion activities, psycho-oncology and medical decision making. I graduated from my PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2016, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales. I then left academia to undertake research in industry and government for four years, working as a Senior Advisor in the Behavioural Insights Team, a social purpose research consultancy, and then the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence in the NSW Ministry of Health.

My research uses insights from psychology and behavioural economics to understand complex health behavioural problems, with the end goal to design, implement and evaluate effective interventions for individuals. I am focused on applied research, working with government and industry partners to design ready-to-scale interventions, but also have an interest in basic science and gaining understanding of the principles that underpin these successful interventions. I also believe the science of evaluation and in particular implementation science are pivotal to ensuring we maximise health, and am focused on determining how we can better find out which of our current programs and policies work, and for whom.

Research interests

Behavioural Science; Behavioural Economics; Behaviour Change; Psychosomatic Medicine; Placebo Effect; Nocebo Effect; Health Psychology; Implementation Science; Nudge; Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods.

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise students interested in topics related to my field of research. If you're interested in working together, feel free to send me an email:

Community engagement

In my government and industry roles I was focused on translating academic evidence into plain language and producing policy-relevant insights. I have worked with the Victorian Health Promotion Agency (VicHealth), the New Zealand Health Promotion Agency (HPA), the Department of Education Skills and Employment, and others, to produce policy and programs underpinned by evidence.

My research has been written up in The Mandarin, on VicHealth and HPA websites, and my PhD research was also been featured on Catalyst and Insight.


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